Firm fined over poor working at height safety measures
A firm from Leicestershire has been fined after failing to adequately protect three contractors working at height, it emerged yesterday (March 24th).
Cobham Advanced Composites was prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) in relation to work on a seven-metre-high roof between December 2008 and January 2009.
Loughborough Magistrates' Court heard that the Shepshed-based firm did not implement the necessary safety measures - such as warning signs - to prevent the men from falling.
The company pleaded guilty to breaching Section 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 and was fined £10,000 and ordered to pay £4,777.90 in costs.
"Any of the three roofing contractors could have suffered serious injuries or worse if they had fallen," said HSE inspector Mhairi Lockwood.
"This case shows that it is not only the responsibility of the contracting company to ensure the safety of its workforce, but also that of its client."
Falling from height is the most common source of injuries in the workplace, underling the value of providing the warning signs to outline the dangers.
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